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Speech & Language Therapy and Speech & Language Science - City University London Undergraduate Open Day 2 July 2014

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Presentation about undergraduate BSc Speech and Language Therapy and BSc Speech and Language Science courses at City University London. Presentation was made as part of the programme of the City …

Presentation about undergraduate BSc Speech and Language Therapy and BSc Speech and Language Science courses at City University London. Presentation was made as part of the programme of the City University London Undergraduate Open Day on 2nd July 2014.


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  • 1. Academic excellence for business and the professions BSc Speech and Language Therapy Postgraduate Diploma Speech and Language Therapy BSc Speech and Language Science
  • 2. School of Health Sciences Welcome Paul Constable Senior Lecturer/Programme Manager, Speech and Language Therapy
  • 3. School of Health Sciences Overview • Why choose to study at City University London? – Reputation of the Language and Communication Science Division – Our Courses • Why choose Speech and Language Therapy? • Why choose Speech and Language Science? • City scholarships
  • 4. School of Health Sciences Why choose to study at City?
  • 5. School of Health Sciences City University London - leading global university committed to academic excellence and focused on business and the professions 90% of students are satisfied with the quality of their education (2013 National Student Survey) Top 10 in the UK for international students (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide League Table 2014) Top 5% of universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013/14) 15 Research in 15 areas of a quality comparable with the best in the world (2008 Research Assessment Exercise) Top 10 in the UK for graduate salaries (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide League Table 2014; Lloyds Bank University Quality of Student Life Survey 2013)
  • 6. School of Health Sciences £25,000 average starting salary for undergraduate degree graduates 92% of our under - graduates are in employment or further study after graduation 120 years of experience in training health professionals 5 distinct areas with state-of-the-art clinical skills suites and laboratories for nursing, midwifery, radiography, optometry and speech and language therapy 130+ academic staff who are leading health educators, practitioners and researchers The School of Health Sciences leading the field of healthcare education and health policy with our interdisciplinary approach and world-class research
  • 7. School of Health Sciences Our courses We offer a wide range of courses for those who want to work in healthcare (pre-registration) and those who already work in the sector (post-registration) at different levels: • Undergraduate • Top-up degrees • Conversion degrees In various areas such as: Health Management, Policy and Research; Human Communication; Long Term Conditions and Long Term Care; Mental Health; Midwifery; Nursing; Optometry; Public Health; Radiography; and Speech and Language Therapy. • Masters • CPD • Research – PhDs
  • 8. School of Health Sciences Our staff • Clinical experience • Research active • Informing best practice and policy • Author of core textbooks Networking Events and Lectures • The Dean’s Lecture Series: with our leading Professors and external speakers who are key figures in the health and social care sector.
  • 9. School of Health Sciences Language and Communication Science • Largest provider of SLT courses in the UK • BSc SLT • PGDip / MSc SLT • Non-clinical undergraduate programme • BSc Speech and Language Science • Specialist MScs for qualified SLTs & Teachers
  • 10. School of Health Sciences Language and Communication Science • 24 lecturing staff including 12 SLTs • Staff expertise in all specialist areas • External clinical tutors drawn from practice • SLT emphasis on development of clinical skills • In-house clinic, The Compass Centre • International exchange opportunities
  • 11. School of Health Sciences Undergraduate and Pre-registration Courses • BSc Speech and Language Therapy: – 4 years, 36 NHS funded places per year • BSc Speech and Language Science: – 3 years, 10 self-funded places per year • Postgraduate Diploma Speech and Language Therapy: – 2 years, 80 NHS funded places per year • MSc Conversion – Optional, a further 6 months - 1 year (self-funded, £2,000)
  • 12. School of Health Sciences Why choose Speech and Language Therapy?
  • 13. School of Health Sciences Why choose Speech and Language Therapy? ‘There has not been one day since I graduated that I have regretted my choice of career. I work in a language unit attached to a school and enjoy delivering training to parents, teachers and others about how they can help the children in their care.’ Marion Jones, Speech and Language Therapist ‘I wanted a career that involved communication and working with adults and children. I also wanted to use my bilingual skills within my work.’ Sunita Shah, Speech and Language Therapist
  • 14. School of Health Sciences Why choose Speech and Language Therapy? ‘I am actually doing the job that I always hoped to be doing .... I manage a team of therapists and assistants and our focus is to prevention of problems and early intervention ...I enjoy being flexible and creative in my work and I encourage the whole team to act on their ideas.’ Emma Cahill, Speech and Language Therapy Manager and Clinical Tutor at City University
  • 15. School of Health Sciences What is Speech and Language Therapy? Speech and Language Therapists work with: • Children with speech and language difficulties • People who have had a stroke or other brain diseases • People who stammer • People with learning difficulties • People with voice problems • People with head and neck cancer • Deaf people
  • 16. School of Health Sciences What do Speech and Language Therapists do? • Find out about the communication problem • Provide therapy to: - Reduce the problem - Help the person communicate better • Advise parents/relatives/friends • Carry out research • Manage services
  • 17. School of Health Sciences Where do Speech and Language Therapists work? • Health centres • Hospitals • Schools • Day centres • Universities • Charities • Independent practice
  • 18. School of Health Sciences Career Progression in: • Clinical Specialisation • Management • Research • Education
  • 19. School of Health Sciences Salary Expectations • New graduates £21,000 + • 5 years experience £35,000 + • Senior managers £55,000 +
  • 20. School of Health Sciences What will you learn? Disorders of Communication in children and adults e.g. • Speech • Language • Voice • Stammering • Swallowing problems
  • 21. School of Health Sciences Supporting subject include: • Psychology • Anatomy and physiology • Phonetics • Linguistics • Audiology • Research
  • 22. School of Health Sciences How will you learn? • Lectures • Small groups • Labs • Self-directed workshops • Web-based exercises • Clinical placements • Intensive teaching schedule
  • 23. School of Health Sciences Where will you learn? • In the University • In placements • Through discussion with colleagues and through reading
  • 24. School of Health Sciences Types of placements • Hospitals • Health Centres • Schools • Specialist centres and programmes • The on-site clinic ‘Compass Centre’
  • 25. School of Health Sciences Speech and Language Therapy clinical placements • Throughout SLT programme: • Nursery placement year 1 • Weekly placements spring term year 1, autumn and spring year 2 and 3 • Large summer block placement year 2 and 3 • Large spring block placement year 4 • Supported by Clinical Supervisor and Clinical Tutor • Clinical hours exceed minimum requirement
  • 26. School of Health Sciences How are you assessed? • Exams • Course work • Online assessments • Team work (e.g. design a leaflet) • Projects • Practical assessments
  • 27. School of Health Sciences Student support • Personal Tutors and Senior Personal Tutor • Module, Year and Programme Leads • Clinical Tutors • Clinical Supervisors • University Counselling & Advisory Services • University Disability Office
  • 28. School of Health Sciences Quality of the courses External Examiner Comments “The Department is very professional, well organized and supportive to the students. Very good use of on-line teaching methods and tools.” Andrew Reid, EE for Biomedical Sciences and Audiology “There is evidence here of excellent teaching and an admirable focus on evidence-based practice and using research critically. I was very impressed with the imaginative range of assessments, many of which relate directly to practice.” Lucy Henry, EE for Research Methods, Psychology and Brain and Behaviour
  • 29. School of Health Sciences What do our students think of us? Student feedback Excellent feedback from students: 97% overall satisfaction score in the 2012 National Student Survey The Student Voice Award - a prize nominated by students, went to LCS staff in 2010, 2011 and 2012 http://www.city.ac.uk/health/undergraduate/videos#slt
  • 30. School of Health Sciences Entry requirements • A-level requirements: AAB + C at AS level (380 points) • Access to HE Diploma in relevant Health or Science subject: Full award (60 credits) of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at Level 3 including 36 credits at Distinction and 9 credits at Merit. • English and Maths GCSE at C or above or equivalent • IELTS score 7.5 (if not previously studied in English) • Need to demonstrate knowledge of profession (e.g. through voluntary/work experience).
  • 31. School of Health Sciences NHS support • Bursary and Fees for home students • Fees for EU Students • Overseas students are self funding
  • 32. School of Health Sciences Graduates from City Include: – Clinical Specialists – Senior Health Service Managers – Research Leaders – Heads of Education Departments
  • 33. School of Health Sciences ‘The course is exciting, challenging and rewarding with an emphasis on both academic and clinical achievement. It gives a strong grounding in the theory as well as an understanding of the day to day life of a speech and language therapist. This course has equipped me with the necessary background knowledge and practical skills for my first speech and language therapy post … I feel ready for the challenge ahead.’ Niamh Devane, Graduate from City BSc in Speech and Language Therapy
  • 34. School of Health Sciences Why choose the BSc Speech and Language Science course? • Provides students with an education about how communication develops, works and can break down, which is underpinned by scholarship and research. • Suitable for students with an interest in language and communication and related areas and who are considering a range of career options. • Leads to careers opportunities in which communication skills are central.
  • 35. School of Health Sciences Subject areas • Shares modules with SLT course • Language development, linguistics, phonetics, language processing • Normal and disordered communication • Psychology • Sociology • Instrumental analysis of speech • Forensic analysis of speech • Sociolinguistics • Language and gender • Research
  • 36. School of Health Sciences Programme structure • 3 year degree • 10 places per year • Modules drawn from: Language and Communication Science Psychology Sociology • Diverse teaching and learning methods
  • 37. School of Health Sciences HC Professional Mentoring Scheme • Year 2 and 3 HC students are assigned Professional Mentors in the workplace who support, advise and guide them towards personal and professional development. • Largely from PR, HR and charitable sectors • Mentors local to City University • Meetings every 2-4 weeks from November until April • Sessions include developing CVs and interview skills
  • 38. School of Health Sciences Career opportunities • Our first cohort have just completed their research projects and will graduate in June. • From this group we have students who plan to join our PG SLT course*, PG Audiology courses, go into teaching and PR. • http://www.city.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/human-communication *Graduates who attain a 2:1 or better are guaranteed to be offered a place on our PGDip SLT course. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=noghmrD QWyU#at=62
  • 39. School of Health Sciences Applying • 3 A Levels or equivalent: AAB (340 points) • IELTS 6.5 • English and Maths GCSE at C or above • Mature and non traditional applicants encouraged • Not NHS funded • Students are fee paying
  • 40. School of Health Sciences Scholarships • City University will be offering cash scholarships to those new students who gain the best results in their A levels. You can expect to qualify for a scholarship if you gain AAB or better (or equivalent) • You will not need to apply for these kinds of scholarship – you will be notified if you have been successful • BSc Speech and Language Therapy = £500 per year for AAB or above • BSc Speech and Language Science AAA = £2,000, AAB = £1,000 per year
  • 41. School of Health Sciences Deadline for applications: Mid Jan 2015 (UCAS deadline)
  • 42. School of Health Sciences Other support • Student Help desk • Student Centre • Library services • IT support • Students’ Union • Sport and fitness • Social activities Find out more today! See the Open Day Guide for details of talks or what to visit... Or go to www.city.ac.uk
  • 43. School of Health Sciences What’s next? • Information stand – Common Room • Open day guide: other talks / key places to visit • Further information: – www.city.ac.uk/health – 020 7040 5000 – health@city.ac.uk – Social media / current students: www.facebook.com/cityhealthsciences https://twitter.com/CityUniHealth
  • 44. School of Health Sciences Any questions?
  • 45. Academic excellence for business and the professions Thank you for listening We hope you have a positive and interesting day and decide to join us

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